Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 & 10 p.m. Garrett’s passion for forecasting and weather comes from growing up in the small Arkansas town of Alma.

Garrett has witnessed some of the most amazing weather events unfold in our area including the 1996 Van Buren tornado, the crippling ice storms of 2000 & 2009, the flooding of 2004, 2006 Benton County tornado, & the 2011 Altus-Denning EF4 Twister.

“At the end of the day, people just want to know whether or not it’s going to rain & how much the weather will impact their life. Snow, tornadoes, rain, sunshine… weather is the only thing that affects everybody… everyday. I love my job. There’s nothing in the world better than forecasting weather for Arkansas & Oklahoma.”

Some of his most memorable weather moments stem from storm chasing in the Great Plains, including the May 3, 1999 outbreak which spawned several tornadoes in Central Oklahoma. Garrett also reported live in 100mph winds as Hurricane Lili made landfall near New Iberia, Louisiana.

Garrett joined 5NEWS on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Garrett holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather.

In addition, Garrett has been awarded both the ‘National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval’ Seal #1581 and the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. Seal #0410878. Garrett has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press for his weathercasts including the award of ‘Best Weathercast’ multiple times.

Off camera, Garrett sits on the board of the Benton County Children’s Advocacy Center and the State of Arkansas’ board for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Both advocate for child protection and for the prevention and treatment of sexually or physically abused children.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 13 years and have a son & daughter.


Recent Articles
  • Clouds Increase; Rain Friday

    Clouds are increasing across the area on on Wednesday; however, the best rain chances will still remain to our south. Expect mostly cloudy skies by Thursday with rain chances ramping up on Thursday night into Friday. Friday looks to be the wettest day of the week with chilly temperatures in the 40s. Sunny weather returns for the weekend. -Garrett  

  • WATCH: Drizzle Sunday; Colder Monday

    A strong cold front will move into the area on Sunday evening with more showers and thunderstorms becoming likely as rain arrives from the northwest to the southeast. Temperatures will fall quickly into the 40s late Sunday and remain there for most of Monday. Monday will be the coldest day in some time with blustery northwest winds for most of the day. -Garrett

  • Flash Flood Watch Thru Sunday 7AM

    A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Arkansas River Valley ahead of rain expected late Saturday into Sunday. The highest rain totals will be along and south of I40. Expect lower amounts in NW Arkansas. The rainiest time-frame will be Saturday night into Sunday morning. -Garrett

  • The Timing of Several Upcoming Rain Events

    Despite the relatively calm and cool Fall weather we’re enjoying on Thursday, we’re in for several rounds of rain in the coming days and moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Sergio are drawn from the Pacific into our area. Here are the three specific times to look for rainfall: #1 Friday Afternoon: A weak upper level system will swing across our area with cloudy skies and light showers starting to return. Rain on Friday will be light. This image […]

  • Tornado Watch Coverage Extended Into Arkansas

    A tornado watch has been issued for Northwest Arkansas and for parts of the River Valley. This lasts until 8PM Tuesday. Conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form. Counties included:  Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Scott, Sebastian, and Washington counties.   Tap HERE  for our interactive radar. -5NEWS Weather Team  

  • Late-Night Storms Tuesday

    The much delayed and much anticipated Fall weather appears to be shaping up for the long-haul later this week. In true Arkansas/Oklahoma fashion the dramatic shift in the pattern won’t occur without some sort of battle of air masses. The time to watch is late Tuesday night into Wednesday. The image above shows a line of strong to severe thunderstorms that will be underway at 1am Wednesday morning. The line will shift east into Arkansas during the overnight hours. Shear […]

  • Funnel Cloud Spotted In Oklahoma

    Pic of funnel and wall cloud earlier in SE Cherokee Co h/t @tina @5NEWSGarrett @KATVToddYak @Tahlequah_EM @NWStulsa #okwx pic.twitter.com/lkyIM9qVF7 — James Aydelott☂✈ (@jamesaydelott) October 7, 2018 Strong thunderstorms have developed along the eastern edge of a stalled cold front. While the overall risk for severe weather is low, a few severe thunderstorms can be expected on Sunday. A few of the storms will be capable of gusty winds and perhaps some brief rotation. Active weather is expected to continue into […]

  • UPDATE: CANCELLED – Severe Warning for Washington, Benton County

    UPDATE:  CANCELLED 3:44PM A new Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Benton & Washington County. Siloam Springs, Gentry, Cave Springs are included in the warning. Damaging winds and hail up to quarter size will be possible with the strongest part of the storm. The storm has shown rotation at times and brief tornado cannot be ruled out. -Garrett

  • Tornado Warned Storm In Oklahoma | WEAKENING

    UPDATE 2:58PM:  This storm is weakening. There are still strong thunderstorms in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. However, rotation has weakened on these cells.   A storm with a Tornado Warning was located in Eastern Oklahoma west of Stillwell or 32 miles SW of Fayetteville Arkansas. We are watching this storm carefully. It’s tracking NE at 25mph. -Garrett

  • Severe Warning Benton Co

    A severe thunderstorm warning is now in effect for Benton Co. Storm will track towards Siloam Springs in next 30min. This storm has had a history of rotation and may have produced a funnel in Cherokee Co earlier. Damaging winds will be possible with the strongest part of the storm.

  • Fall Stalls; Summer Stays

    A cold front has stalled just to our north and won’t make much progress to the south. The end result will be a continued streak of warmer than normal weather with at least a chance for a few scattered showers ahead of the front. The reason the front isn’t advancing to the south is because of a stronger than normal ridge of high pressure across the East Coast. As the weaker trough leans into the ridge, the front will stall […]